Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu Assumes Office
Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu assumed office today by taking the oath of office before the Riigikogu. “In undertaking to perform the duties of a member of the Government of the Republic, I am aware that I shall bear responsibility in this office before the Republic of Estonia and my conscience. I solemnly swear to remain faithful to the constitutional order of the Republic of Estonia and to devote my strength to securing the welfare and future of the people of Estonia,” said Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu, citing the government members’ oath of office.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves appointed Urmas Reinsalu the new minister of defence on the proposal of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. Pursuant to the Government of the Republic Act, ministers may start to perform their duties after having taken their oath of office before the Riigikogu.
Minister of Defence Mart Laar resigned from the office of the minister of defence for health reasons. Prime Minister Ansip forwarded his letter of resignation to President Ilves last Friday.
“It is my duty to continue what the previous ministers of defence began and to proceed with the necessary reforms – the referral of the new Defence Forces Service and Defence League Acts to the Riigikogu and the development of a 10-year development plan for national defence,” said the newly appointed Minister Reinsalu. “The leadership of the Ministry of Defence and the Defence League make up a wonderful team whose expertise and professionalism I will be able to draw on in my work as Minister,” the new minister of defence added.
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